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BGA's eLearning Plan

There is no way to replicate the full BGA educational experience online, but when it became apparent the coronavirus was entering a phase of community transmission in Middle Tennessee, our administrative team began planning for how we would continue the good work of teaching and learning if the health department were to recommend school closure.
While plans existed for the typical snow day and students schoolwide were accustomed to using their iPads to manage course materials and access online textbooks, BGA knew a move from in-class instruction to at-home virtual instruction would be a paradigm shift.  Simply posting work online for students to complete, “flipping classrooms” and providing links to instructional videos, or trying to adhere to a daily schedule whereby students “attend” six classes a day is neither feasible, sustainable, nor healthy from the perspective of screen time. Nor does it account for the reality that teachers are operating from home while simultaneously managing their own families.

Addressing these challenges while maintaining fidelity with our inquiry-based, student-centered educational philosophy led us to develop “BGA eLearning.”  Defining our approach as “eLearning” was intentional. “Remote learning,” “distance learning,” or “virtual school” all imply either an accepted element of separation or a degree of inauthenticity. If anything, the Battle Ground Academy educational experience is defined by authentic connections between our students, faculty, staff, and parents. Our decision to hold all classes, including fine arts and wellness, reflects our commitment to nurturing these relationships and educating the whole child.

By no means is BGA eLearning the only approach, nor is it comparable to the vibrant school environment that exists in our traditional setting, but through the commitment of students and teachers, our relational foundation is solid and our eLearning program is off to a great start.

Foundational Pillars of eLearning

CREATE A ROUTINE
  • Students are encouraged to find a place at home that is conducive to learning and to change out of pajamas, “coming to class” in appropriate clothing.
  • Classes are running on a schedule that reflects the reality of operating in the online environment, provides the consistency and continuity that should enable students to quickly establish daily routines, and features a healthy balance between “live” classes, virtual meetings, and flexibility for students to complete work individually.
  • Teachers are taking attendance and tracking students’ participation.
CREATE CONTINUITY IN CLASSROOM OFFERINGS
  • Students are completing coursework in core content areas as well as their co-curricular disciplines.
  • Faculty members are conducting assessments to ensure students are comprehending the material.
  • Additionally, faculty members are available during class time, keeping virtual office hours, and scheduling 1:1 check-ins with students.
CONTINUE TO MAKE STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES ACCESSIBLE
  • Student support services are available to students and parents as needed. Those services include our: College Center, Dean of Students, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Director of Innovative Learning, Learning Center Director, Learning Strategist, School Counselors, and other members of our administration.
ENCOURAGE INCREASED INDEPENDENCE AND SELF-ADVOCACY
  • Independence and self-advocacy are characteristics we hone from kindergarten through 12th grade, and eLearning provides an opportunity for continued reinforcement at home.
  • Students are required to remain actively engaged and committed to completing assigned work on time.
  • Students are encouraged to be proactive in communicating concerns and providing feedback when encountering challenges in this environment.
REMIND STUDENTS TO PRACTICE THE BGA WAY AND DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP STANDARDS

COMMUNICATE WITH PARENTS AND EMPOWER THEM WITH THE INFORMATION THEY NEED TO FURTHER THEIR CHILD'S ACADEMIC GROWTH

Resilience is woven into the fabric of Battle Ground Academy, and we will continue to do our best and pivot as necessary until we can excitedly welcome our faculty, staff and students back to campus!  In the meantime, we invite you to follow us on Facebook to see our eLearning in action.

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Phone Numbers

Main:  (615) 794-3501
Lower:  (615) 567-2002
Middle:  (615) 567-9013
Upper:  (615) 567-8513
Admissions:  (615) 567-8463
A co-educational, college preparatory school for K-12 students in Franklin, Tennessee.